Jazz vocalist/guitarist Allan Harris talks with Bonnie Johnson about his new CD Black Bar Jukebox. The Harlem-based composer, bandleader and jazz advocate is celebrating this melodic chart topper all over the world. Harris reminisces on "growing up in the 70's [when] every black bar had a jukebox" and successfully captures what he describes as "the feeling you could listen to anybody as long as it had a groove and was getting down musically". With eight covers and five originals, his versatility shines through an array of tunes; from a rhythmic twist on John Mayer's Daughters to a hip and soulful My Funny Valentine.
The Allan Harris Band celebrates Black History Month with the CD release at Scullers Jazz Club on Friday, February 27th at 8 & 10 pm. Catch his Colors of Jazz on Sunday at noon.